Martial arts for kids is something that every parent should consider.
When i was very young I watched the Kung Fu series with David Carradine, I was mesmerised, not just by the fighting, but more importantly, by the martial arts philosophy in the show. The young Kwai Chang Caine would have regular martial arts lessons with master Po (my hero). I vividly remember the one below:
Master Po (blind shaolin monk), was fighting with the young Kwai Chang Caine, he defeated Caine with little effort and said ‘Ha, ha, never assume because a man has no eyes he cannot see. Close your eyes. What do you hear?’
Kwai Chang Caine replies, ‘I hear the water and I hear the birds.’
Master Po says, ‘Do you hear your own heart beat?’
Caine replies, ‘No.’
Master Po says, ‘Do you hear the grasshopper that is by your feet?’
Kwai Chang Caine looks down at his feet and sees the grasshopper, then replies, ‘Old man, how is it that you hear these things?’
Then Master Po says, ‘Young man, how is it that you do not?’
There are some amazing children’s martial arts schools out there, you just need to go find them. Martial arts teachers vary in skill and ability, so it really is a good idea to attend and watch, several martial arts lessons.
So if it is for your child, or yourself, i hope you find a great school!